Like most aspiring athletes, Troy Jordan grew up dreaming of winning the big one.
No, Jordan didn't pretend he was scoring the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl or sinking a 10-foot putt to win the U.S. Open. The Brainerd resident wanted to win the Daytona 500.
The Bauerly Concrete employee did something similar Sept. 11 by winning the 17th annual Wissota 100 at the Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis.
In his Ford, Jordan started from the seventh position and slowly tracked down the leaders.
Jordan, who was using the top side of the speedway most of the day, snuck up to fourth place after five laps.
He caught Neil Eckhart, who was running third, in the second turn of lap seven. Once he passed Eckhart, he set his sights on second place and quickly passed Albert Wytaske on lap 11.
First place was now in Jordan's vision and only one car (Pete Hinnekamp) stood in front of the 33-year-old.
Jordan challenged Hinnekamp several times until, with three laps to go, he went high again and stole the lead on lap 16 in turn four and captured the biggest victory of his 10-year racing career.
"This is the biggest race for Wissota," said Jordan, who followed his father's footsteps into racing. "I was running the high side the whole night and finally got a good run on the outside of (Hinnekamp)."
More amazing for Jordan was the fact he only had his car for a month. He purchased the car in July from Steve Eide of Brainerd.
"We had six races before this one," Jordan said. "I started racing with this car at North Central Speedway in July and we won the heat feature the first night out."
For his efforts, Jordan received a three-foot trophy and $500. More important was the chance to compete and win against the best competition in the sport.
"This is racing against the best drivers," Jordan said. "The Wissota National points leader, the top five in national points, were down there. It was nice to have the chance to race against all of them."
Up next for Jordan are a few invitationals, but first he will compete in the Mighty Ax Nationals at North Central Speedway this weekend.
With his confidence soaring after the victory, Jordan is planning on competing for national points next year.
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